Major General, Dr. Julius Oketta, Head of Mission of Africa Union
Minister Harps On AFL Role In Ebola Fight; Extols AU
MONROVIA, September 16 (LINA) –Acting Defense Minister Joseph F. Johnson has reiterated that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) role in the Ebola fight is to create the due environment for health workers and assist law enforcement institutions when overwhelmed.
The acting Minister made the statement on Monday, September 15, at the Defense Ministry when he an African Union (AU) team paid a courtesy call on him at the Defense Ministry in Monrovia.
According to a Defense Ministry press release issued here, the Acting Minister assured the AU delegation of the fullest cooperation of the Ministry and AFL in the fight to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Major General, Dr. Julius Oketta, Head of Mission of Africa Union Commission Support to Ebola Operations in West Africa, assured the Defense Ministry family of the AU’s determination to help stamp out the Ebola virus from the sub-region.
General Oketta expressed heartfelt condolence on behalf of the African Union for the unprecedented death toll from the disease in Liberia and within the sub-region.
He informed Minister Johnson that the African Union Commission Support to Ebola Operations in West Africa is a joint civil, military, medical, logistics and humanitarian response.
“We are in Liberia to deploy and support in line with the national structure,” General Oketta noted.
He further said that the team structure is made up of 200 members and will deploy the initial 100 to West Africa, out of which Liberia is expected to receive 36 team members, comprising of Epidemiologists, Lab technicians and Nurses.
General Oketta pledged that his team will work with other service providers and institutions in Liberia to synchronize their efforts so as to avoid duplication in meeting the needs of the affected population.
In consonance with national program, he cautioned the population to follow the health tips being provided by medical experts, because, according to him, “By doing so, it will better their chances to survive from the Ebola virus.”
According to the Defense Ministry press release, General Oketta was accompanied by Ambassador Oluwatoyin Soloja, AU Special Representative in Liberia along with others.